Molly Mesnick Reveals She Agreed to Be the Bachelorette Before Jason Asked for a Second Chance
Before Molly Mesnick said yes to a second chance with her now-husband Jason Mesnick, she accepted another big proposal: the role of Bachelorette!
During Monday night's episode of The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons — Ever!, which looked back at Jason's infamous season 13, the couple spoke with Chris Harrison via video chat from their home in Seattle, Washington, during which Molly revealed that she had said yes to being the Bachelorette before Jason pursued her for a second time.
As seen on the 2009 finale, Jason, 44, proposed to Melissa Rycroft, 37, only to end things with her during After the Final Rose to pursue the runner-up, his now-wife Molly.
While recalling the drama on Monday, Jason told Harrison that he was having second thoughts nearly two months after getting engaged to Rycroft.
"Melissa and I, we dated, I don't know, six or eight weeks and I think both of us knew that things weren't going the direction.
She called me up and she said, 'How are things going?' I said, 'Things have changed.'
She had asked several times and I know why she really got mad, she had asked several times, 'Does this have anything to do with Molly?' and I never said anything about Molly and I mean that was chicken of me, there's no doubt about that," said Jason.
After they "dated for a couple months," Jason called up the Bachelor production team and let them know "it wasn't working out" between him and Rycroft.
"They said to me, 'You can have this chance with Molly, but we've already asked her to be the Bachelorette,' " Jason explained.
Thinking back to the moment she was offered the role of the franchise's leading lady, Molly said, "It was probably a week after I had gotten back from New Zealand that I got the phone call and they're like, 'We need you to be the Bachelorette' and I'm like, 'I still am like crying, sad, upset.' But when I took a flight out for After the Final Rose, I thought I was coming out there to film that real quick and then stay and do some like Bachelorette stuff. But boy did that change."
Quipped Jason: "I took that away from her."
Though Molly had agreed to be the Bachelorette, she said that the decision "was easy to let" go of.
"Me agreeing to be the Bachelorette, it was a really big deal. I was hesitant, I didn't think I was right for it, so it was easy to let that go. And for us to be able to be on our own, away from the show, take our time, date as a normal couple — we dated long distance for 10 months before I moved out to Seattle — it was perfect. It allowed us to just be regular," she said.